Steve Wallace Searches For Pensacola Glory -UARA Rookie of the Year Looking to Capture Family's First Snowball Derby Win- PENSACOLA, FL (November 30, 2004)--Steve Wallace, the 17 year-old racing phenom and son of NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace,...
Steve Wallace Searches For Pensacola Glory
-UARA Rookie of the Year Looking to Capture Family's First Snowball Derby Win-
PENSACOLA, FL (November 30, 2004)--Steve Wallace, the 17 year-old racing phenom and son of NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, will head to Pensacola, FL's Five Flags Speedway this weekend. He will be in search of victory in the 37th annual running of the Snowball Derby, one of the crown jewels of short track racing.
Steve, the youngest member of the Wallace racing family had a truly breakout year in 2004 and took the southern short track scene by storm. Wallace captured the checkers in three of the final four UARA events of the season and drove to three pole positions and three track records in route to the 2004 UARA Rookie of the Year title. In dominant fashion, Wallace captured the inaugural running of the Food City 150, the first-ever late model stock car race at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway.
For his bid at the Snowball Derby, Wallace will drive a Ford Taurus prepared by ace short track mechanic Richie Wauters. Wauters, a veteran of the Snowball Derby, regularly serves as crew chief for Billy Ballew Motorsports and driver Shane Hmeil in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. A majority of the Ballew team will serve as crew members for Wallace's car this weekend.
By starting this weekend's event, Steve Wallace will be making his second start in the Snowball Derby. Wallace qualified 29th, on his qualifying time, for last year's event and made an impressive charge into the top-ten. He had a short day, however, after contact with a lapped car took him out of contention.
Although this year's event will only mark Steve Wallace's second attempt at the Snowball Derby, the Wallace family is no stranger to Pensacola. Wallace's father, Rusty, made nine starts in the illustrious event, including three top-five and four top-ten finishes. He was the pole sitter for the 1982 edition of the race. Steve's uncle, Kenny Wallace, also made two Snowball Derby starts.
Said the younger Wallace, "I'm really excited about the Snowball Derby. All year, I look forward to running at Pensacola. This is what short track racing is all about. You take the best short trackers out there and put them in the baddest race cars at a monster of a race track. I gained a lot of respect for this race last year. If you run well in the Snowball Derby, you've got something to be proud of. Richie Wauters builds some of the meanest short track cars out there and this weekend is no exception. I've got a real hot rod for this weekend's race. I really think that I've matured a lot as a driver this year, so hopefully we'll be able to keep the tires on our car, stay out of trouble and bring home another trophy. Winning the Snowball Derby would definitely be the highlight of my career to this point."
Friday's 6:00 PM ET single round of qualifying will lock-in the top 30 qualifiers for Sunday's event. A last chance qualifying race on Saturday will fill out the remainder of the field. Sunday's running of the 37th annual Snowball Derby, from Pensacola, FL, has a 2:00 PM starting time.
For more information on Rusty Wallace, Inc., visit www.rustywallace.com.
For more on Steve Wallace, visit www.blueflameauthentics.com and click on "Team Blueflame Racing: Steve Wallace."